Bushwick Bill Dead at 52

Bushwick Bill Dead at 52
UPDATED 06/09/19 11:52 p.m. ET: Bushwick Bill's publicist, Dawn P., confirmed that he died on Sunday. "Bushwick Bill passed away peacefully tonight at 9:35 p.m. He was surrounded by his immediate family," he told Rolling Stone. "There were previous incorrect reports that he had died this morning, we are studying the possibility of making a public memorial at a later date, his family appreciates all the prayers and support and requests privacy at this time." He also shared the news. On Instagram.

UPDATED 09/06/19 3:15 p.m. ET: Bushwick Bill is taken to Instagram on Sunday afternoon to clarify that his father is not dead.

"Contrary to what has been published/reported prematurely, insensitively and inaccurately, my father is NOT dead, he is still alive and fighting for his life, I need your continued prayers and support," I said in the title.

UPDATED 06/09/19 12:20 p.m. ET: The publicist of Bushwick Bill revealed to TMZ that the rapper "is still alive and fighting against cancer" in a hospital. Hospital staff has confirmed that he is not dead and that some of Bill's family members are with him now, with more on the way.

Bill's publicist shared that someone received incorrect information and is disseminating it online. The rumors probably stem from his absence at a show in Dallas on Saturday night. He was scheduled to make a special appearance but was unable to do so due to his hospitalization.

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Bushwick Bill has died at 52 years old. Geto Boys member Scarface announced the news on Instagram.

Bushwick Bill revealed in early May that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. I explained to him that his doctor had found a mass in his pancreas originally assumed to be benign, but discovered that this was not the case during a February test. The rapper began intense chemotherapy, admitting that at that time, it was too early to tell how his body reacted to treatment.

Bill told TMZ that he did not tell collaborators Willie D and Scarface before making it public. "I was saving it, but I'm getting ready to tell Scarface and Willie D," Bill told the store. "I only told the family members, that's all, but I realized that saving it for myself is not really helping anyone."

Bill hoped to raise awareness and highlight how important health is in revealing his diagnosis.

"It's not that I'm afraid of dying," Bill said. "It's about life and life and being there for the family ... I just want people to be aware, so when dreams and goals are set, they are healthy to fulfill and live."

Bushwick Bill joined Geto Boys for the first time in the 1980s as a dancer, whose name was Little Billy. The team gained notoriety for the first time with its 1991 album, We Can Not Be Stopped, which included a cover that showed an explicit image of Bill in the hospital after losing an eye in a shooting incident. Bill released six solo albums, dropping his debut Little Big Man in 1992.

Earlier this year, on the farewell tour of the Geto Boys, it was announced, although it collapsed. Apparently, Bushwick Bill was upset by the title of the tour, The beginning of a long goodbye: the final goodbye, because he thought he was exploiting his cancer diagnosis to sell tickets.